Vegan Butternut Squash Soup (Paleo & Whole30)
This Vegan Butternut Squash Soup is smooth, brightly flavored, and swirled with easy cashew cream. We top it off with crunchy spiced pumpkin seeds. This paleo and vegan soup is perfect for chilly days and best served with some crusty gluten-free bread! Thanks to Sunfood for sponsoring this post.
I’ve been all about the cozy soups and meals lately, despite San Diego weather never cooperating with how chilly I want it to be in November. We’re still dealing with mid-70s (which is not helping with all the fires we’re seeing) and lots of sunshine. Case in point: I’m wearing shorts as I write this.
Still, I’ve been cranking my air conditioner to keep my apartment chilly so I can still indulge in allll the cozy, warm foods. I’ve been making all sorts of soups and chili and curry to make myself feel like it’s winter.
I’m sure some of you who are dealing with the snow are rolling your eyes at me right now, but we always want what we don’t have, right? And I’ve gotten super sick of sunny and 75 degrees all year round. Although nice, it certainly gets old after a while.
So I’ve been indulging my cozy side in my air conditioning by making myself all the warm foods, like this Butternut Squash Soup. It’s so simple to make! I didn’t go crazy with too many herbs or spices, leaving the sweetness of the butternut squash flavor to shine through.
Let’s make Butternut Squash Soup!
We load this soup up with veggies and just a little bit of thyme to add a little earthy herbaceousness. Best of all, it comes together in just about 30 minutes! Give or take a little bit time depending on how small you cut your butternut squash chunks.
After everything is cooked, you’ll blend it until silky smooth with an immersion blender. You can put it in a regular blender if you don’t have an immersion blender.
Because I kept it simple, you can adjust for your tastes. I don’t like adding cinnamon and nutmeg to butternut squash soup, because I don’t want it to taste like pumpkin pie. But! I know some people are into that, so feel free to add in a little bit of each if that’s your jam.
Just don’t skip the cashew cream swirled in on top, or the spiced pumpkin seeds, because those are GAME CHANGERS! I use Sunfood’s super high-quality raw cashews (my fave) to make super simple cashew cream. It’s made with just soaked cashews, water, lemon juice, and salt. It adds such a lush creaminess to the soup.
The spiced pumpkin seeds, made with Sunfood’s organic pumpkin seeds, add a flavor boost and much-needed crunch to this luxurious soup. Serve some crusty gluten-free bread on the side and you’re in business for a perfect cozy meal. I think you’re going to love this as much as I do! Enjoy, my friends :)Print
Butternut Squash Soup
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Soup
This Butternut Squash Soup is smooth, brightly flavored, and swirled with an easy cashew cream. It’s topped off with crunchy spiced pumpkin seeds. This paleo and vegan soup is perfect for chilly days and best served with some crusty gluten-free bread!
For the soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 3 stalks celery, roughly chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 4 cups cubed butternut squash, can also use acorn squash, if desired
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, or neutral-flavored dairy-free milk
For the cashew cream
- ½ cup Sunfood raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 4 hours
- ½ cup filtered water
- 1 lemon juiced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
For the spiced pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup Sunfood pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas
- ½ teaspoon avocado oil or olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon pink salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
For the soup
- Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in the celery, carrot, and garlic and saute for about 2 minutes or so, until the garlic is fragrant. Add the butternut squash, vegetable broth, and thyme. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Turn down the heat to a simmer and let cook for 20 minutes, or until the butternut squash and other veggies are tender. Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a regular blender – if you do this you may have to do multiple batches) to blend until completely smooth.
- Add salt & pepper to taste, and then stir in the almond milk.
- Serve with cashew cream, pumpkin seeds, fresh thyme springs, and/or hemp seeds. Enjoy!
- Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.
For the cashew cream
- Combine the soaked cashews, water, lemon juice, and salt in a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Add more liquid if you want it any thinner.
- Serve drizzled over the soup. Store any leftovers in a jar in the fridge.
For the pumpkin seeds
- Heat a small saute pan over medium heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and oil and toast until lightly golden brown. Add the spices and toss to coat them all. Use as garnish for the soup.
Keywords: butternut, soup, vegan, gluten free, dinner
This will definitely hit the spot on a cold winter day! Can’t wait to try it! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Rachel! <3
Thanks so much Rita, hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well and hope you love the soup!
This is now our favourite soup! It’s absolutely delicious (the spiced pumpkin seeds are the icing on the cake!) and the dish actually looked just like yours in the photo—always a bonus! Thanks so much for a scrumptious recipe that is healthy, too!
So glad you’re loving it, Laura! Thanks for the feedback :D
Oh my gosh! I eat gluten free and my toddler recently started to need to eat dairy free, so I’ve been experimenting with different meals. This is SO good!! As soon as I saw the recipe, I started craving it :) I didn’t roast the pumpkin seeds, but they were the perfect addition. Word of wisdom – if you soak salted cashews, don’t add the extra salt to the cream lol Other than that little mistake, everything was delicious! I will definitely make it again. Thank you for an excellent recipe.
So glad you and your toddler are loving it, Sarah!! Thanks so much for your feedback :D